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Must Read Fiction Books for CAT 2023

Books are an integral part of the CAT exam preparation. For individuals who prefer seeing the world in a different way, fiction books are a great way to animate their imagination. Fiction books are considered as a gateway to a different world – a world created by the authors. Please refer BYJU’S CAT College Predictor tool.

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Must Read Fiction Books for CAT

Why Read Fiction for CAT Preparation?

Reading fiction helps in improving the VARC section of the CAT exam. Some of the most crucial reasons are given here that reflect the importance of fiction and how it helps to prepare for CAT effectively.

  • Fiction improves creativity and the ability to visualise
  • Fiction expands vocabulary
  • It enhances empathy
  • It also opens up the mind

How Do These Benefit CAT Preparation?

The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section is an important section in the CAT exam. This section tests the candidate’s reading ability and vocabulary. Synonyms and antonyms-based questions are asked to test their vocabulary skills.

By reading fiction, candidates can improve their vocabulary and comprehension abilities. As the comprehension passages are mostly from varied topics, the candidates who have a habit of reading fiction can easily and quickly adjust to the story and understand the passages efficiently.

Best Strategy to Read Fiction

With numerous books to choose from, candidates often get confused and fail to understand which books would actually benefit them. Studying from standard CAT preparation books is easy and effective. In the case of fiction books, one must consider crucial points to choose the best book accordingly.

The candidates who wish to start reading novels must consider the following points to make their learning experience effective and handy.

  • Analyse the level of language used
  • Have a diversified reading list
  • Slowly increase the reading level

While reading books, the candidates are suggested to understand the language used and how literature can benefit preparation for the CAT 2023 exam.

Which Books to Read?

There are various fiction books that the candidates can read to enhance their CAT preparation. Some excellent books are mentioned below on three levels, according to the complexity of the literature. They are suggested to read the level 1 book in the initial stages and then move on to the successive levels.

Level 1 Fiction Books for CAT Preparation
Book Name
Animal Farm George Orwell Political satire
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Historical fiction Drama
The Giver Lois Lowry Young adult literature
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Children’s novel
Lord of the Flies William Golding Allegorical novel


Level 2 Fiction Books for CAT Preparation
Book Name
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Adventure, fantasy
The Zahir Paulo Coelho Novel
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Robin Sharma Fiction, inspirational
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell Political satire, social science fiction
The Compassionate Samurai Brian Klemmer Motivational


Level 3 Fiction Books for CAT Preparation
Book Name
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction novel
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Realistic fiction
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand Philosophical novel
Narcissus and Goldmund Hermann Hesse Historical fiction, philosophical fiction
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Philosophical, Mystery and


Some additional fiction books that are highly recommended include the following:

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

With these fiction books, the CAT aspirants can easily enhance their reading and comprehension skills along with enhancing their vocabulary. As fiction opens a new world of fantasies, the candidates will get acquainted with the different themes and slowly develop an interest in different genres.

Keep visiting BYJU’S to get more such articles to enhance the CAT preparation. At BYJU’S, candidates are also provided with various engaging video lessons and previous years’ question papers to help them prepare more effectively for CAT.